Influencer Jaclyn Hill, who was married to Jon from 2009 to 2018, shared an announcement from her ex-husband’s family to her Instagram story yesterday that the musician had passed away. What do we know about reports he went missing shortly before he died?
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“It is with profound remorse and sorrow that we must report our Andrew Jonathan Hill passed away on August 10, 2022,” the statement reads.
Jaclyn continued to use his last name professionally after they separated. She also voiced support for him as he faced drug addiction, Yahoo writes.
Several outlets reporting on his death also mention Jon Hill went missing in the days, weeks and/or months leading to it. Here’s what we know.
Jon Hill reportedly went missing in February 2022
On February 25, 2022, YouTube channel Tea Time uploaded a video entitled Jaceyn Hil’s Ex Husband Jon Hill Is Missing.
The Tea Time team consists of Mocha Pennington and Nicky, two best friends “who enjoy sipping YouTube drama-flavored tea.”
In the video, the channel hosts discuss a “tip” that Hill had gone missing “as of February 16, 2022.” They credit and thank Instagram user @halfgoddes5, and Hill’s “friend and tour manager” Zac Dunn.
At 3:21, they show a screenshot of a social media post from Dunn to Hill’s Facebook page, notifying Jon’s fans that Zac and his associates were “trying to put together a team of people to get his face on billboards and taxis in Orange County so that we might find him.” The original post no longer appears to exist, however.
How long was he missing for?
At that time, Mocha said Jon had been missing for two days.
What made it particularly troubling, they added, was the musician’s history with substance abuse.
Yahoo quotes Jaclyn as tweeting a request in 2021 that people “send prayers” to her ex-husband. “He was my best friend starting at 15 years old. He has been open about his addiction and he needs your prayers.”
The outlet adds he “spoke about his addiction frequently.”
Jon Hill struggled with substance abuse for years
“Originally,” he told Billboard in 2019, “I was ashamed of my addiction and didn’t want anyone to know I went to rehab.”
During his third year of marriage to Jaclyn, Jon says he reached a point where his substance abuse and addiction started to cause “seizures.”
“I had a terrible moment where I started taking Suboxone. I tried calling 911 but couldn’t. My brain just didn’t work. So that’s when I first went to rehab.” That was in 2017.
“Once I got clean, I felt this confidence come over me where I thought I could do anything. It was an amazing high that was better than any drug I’ve ever taken, to just finally know and see the real me.”
He became homeless and went missing again in July
Twitter user @leftofcentre26 tweeted a screenshot of a social media comment – apparently left on a YouTube video, though the screenshot doesn’t include that information – left by the Textwich Organisation, claiming members of the organisation had “found Jon Hill in Hollywood.”
“I am the president of the group,” concludes the message. “My name is Ellen Van Der Bosch, and I called his family.”
Textwich is a non-profit organisation. Its Facebook page and website are currently inactive. But it has been active on Twitter as recently as April this year, and featured in a July 17, 2022 report in Spectrum News 1. Its stated mission is to “find missing family members while feeding the homeless.”
Jaclyn Hill commented on the screenshot that she was “praying hard” and described the situation as “heartbreaking.” The OP also added that Frankie, Jon’s dog, had been “lost for some time now.”
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